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SAMSUNG Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device STSHX-MTD15EQ (HX-MTD15EQ/G2)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Great as a portable hard drive, but not as a media streamer 11/18/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG Wireless Mobile Media Streaming Device STSHX-MTD15EQ (HX-MTD15EQ/G2)

Pros: +Very fast sustained transfer rates: 121MB/sec reading, 117MB/sec writing (this is on an Intel X99 chipset).

+Could work as a wireless streaming hard drive once the bugs are worked out.

Cons: The reason to buy this hard drive over a conventional 1.5TB drive is the wireless streaming capabilities to your phone. Using the latest firmware software as of this review date, I could not get streaming to work, and I am using a Samsung phone!

- The software takes a long time (60+ seconds) to connect and asks for the password more than once per connection.

- Once the Samsung Wireless software connects, it tells you the battery charge level. Submenus you can also find available disk space, renamed the device, etc..

- Actually listing files seems to be out of reach. 20 minutes now and the software still hasn't listed a single thing. (I had previously copied a bunch of MKV movies and JPG images to the drive).

- Even when using the Samsung Wireless software, the phone kept switching to a different wireless network than the hard drive, which forced me to login (entering the password several times) again.

- Loses its wireless capabilities when plugged into a USB port.

- Samsung Wireless software reports a full battery at first, then changes its mind. After 20 minutes of charging, it is at 34%. After another 4 hours of charging, it is at ... 34%.

- You need to hold the power button for an awkwardly long amount of time to start the unit, and just tapping the power button briefly illuminates a blue light, implying the drive is on when it is not.

- The manual is very basic and poorly translated. Examples:
"Standardized data cable
This may increase the wrong operation and may cause a malfunction"

"Samsung Wireless has a network password from factory to restrict access. The initial password is 10 times '0'
(0000000000)"

(ten times zero is just zero...)

Other Thoughts: Good idea, but the product was released long before it was ready.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD5 WIFI LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Reliable, feature-laden board that FITS ATX with mediocre BIOS 11/18/2014

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD5 WIFI LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Stable overclocked no matter what I threw at it -- Prime95, MemTest86, FurMark, SuperPi, and running 2 overclocked weeks straight with 10 concurrent x264 transcodes and not one glitch.

- FITS IN A STANDARD ATX CASE. Yes, even though this case is E-ATX, I was able to easily fit it in my ATX LianLi PC-V1000. The board is very slightly longer towards the SATA ports than ATX, but most cases provide enough tolerance that you shouldn't have a problem. Note this is not even Gigabyte's smallest X99 motherboard.

- Solid-state capacitors. Some manufacturers say this is a gimmick. I say I have had too many electronics die over time due to cheap electrolytic capacitors.

- Lighting is decorative yet tactful

- LED display showing status during boot. This was useful in diagnosing the board's flaky BIOS.

- Upgradable (or so it looks), fast WiFi with cool-looking though low-gain antenna.

- "CPU upgrade" feature makes overclocking dead simple. Simply specify what your CPU is (of 3 choices, it's easy) and what you want it to be. For example, I told it I wanted to run all cores at 4GHz and it took care of the rest. _EASIEST OVERCLOCK EVER_.

- Well priced

Cons: The BIOS is as stable as a Jell-O skyscraper.

- The BIOS setup screen would regularly freeze (lock the entire system) after a few minutes, even when doing nothing.

- The system fails to boot every 10 or so reboots, requiring I cycle power. I can't press CTRL-ALT-DEL because it's *that* frozen. The fact that the booted system will pass any stress test indicates that this is certainly not the fault of the hardware.

- The BIOS setup has three different user interfaces which, while a possibly good idea, aren't well implemented. Some UIs are either missing menus I need that are available in other UIs; that or said menus are so hard to find that the UI needs a makeover.

- Motherboard manual strongly recommends (requires, even) that if you have only one GPU like most of the world, that it occupy only the PCI-E slot closest to the CPU. Has Gigabyte ever used a large heatsink and a GPU with a protective backplate? I suspect not because my Noctua NH-D15 cooler puts a lot of upwards force against my EVGA Geforce 780 w\backplate.

Other Thoughts: I waited as long as I could to give Gigabyte a chance to release a stable BIOS before writing this review. As of now, the same two "beta" releases available when I got the board have not yet been released as stable, nor to their notes mention fixes for the stability problems.

Unlike other reviewers, I have absolutely NO USB PROBLEMS even though I use all sorts of weird USB devices (joystick, pedals, throttle, head tracking system, USB audio, wireless headphones)

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EnGenius ERB300H 4-Port Wireless N300 Media Bridge and Extender
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs I seem to have a defective unit 09/28/2014

This review is from: EnGenius ERB300H 4-Port Wireless N300 Media Bridge and Extender

Pros: + Inexpensive
+ Supports easy antenna upgrades
+ Performs well when it works
+ Supports WPA2 with AES encryption -- the best available home wireless security.

Cons: - WPS (Wifi Protected Setup) does not work!
- Doesn't encrypt/hash passwords internally. This only matters if someone logs into the admin interface where they can read easily your password.
- Manual setup is awkward and clunky.

Other Thoughts: This review is a re-post because my previous one seemed to go missing, but it's a good thing since I have had more time to test the unit.

- My unit loses its connection more than once a week, which leads me to suspect that my unit is defective. That's understandable -- every product has a certain defect percentage. I have to manually re-configure the network (with the same details it already has stored) to reconnect. The unit reports no problems when it loses connection -- devices simply cannot talk to it until reset. Power cycling does not help.

- The manual highly recommends using WPS, which allows setup with just 2 button presses, but as other reviewers noted it doesn't _fully_ work. WPS _DID_ get my unit on the network and got it an IP address, but I had to manually configure the network name, security key, and other details. This is annoying, but you only do it once unless you got a bad unit like

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